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Uinta County 4-Hers win many awards at nationals in South Dakota

Posted: Monday, Dec 24th, 2012

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RAPID CITY, S.D. Several Uinta County youths recently attended the 75th Annual Western Junior Livestock Show and Family Consumer Science Show in Rapid City, S.D.

The Western Junior Livestock Show was organized in 1937 as an annual event consisting of livestock shows, a livestock judging contest, meats judging, and range management and plant identification competitions. The first show in the 1930s included only the feeder calf project but, since that time, the show has grown to include sheep, swine, dairy and other projects relating to livestock production.

The event was developed as a 4-H youth show to serve as a show window for the livestock industry for youths in the western states to set a standard of type and quality, which serves as a guide to every interested producer and provides a competitive outlet for 4-H youth club work.

Later, the event was combined with the Western Family Consumer Science Show that involves a fashion revue, table setting, photography contest, consumer decision making, presentations, bread making and more.

Competing against teams from three states, the Uinta County junior livestock team earned championship honors, with Bailey Mackey leading the team as the sixth place high individual overall. Mikilie Sims was 9th overall, and rounding out the team were Brooke Howard and Morgan Sanchez.

In the senior livestock judging contest, Melanie Whitmore was third high individual.

Ian Siegismund won the junior meats judging contest, and Melanie Whitmore was third overall in the senior division. Bailey Mackey earned reserve champion in the Family Consumer Science Skill-a-thon, Mikilie Sims was third place and Morgan Sanchez was seventh. Melanie Whitmore was ninth in the senior division.

The Uinta County junior produce team won their contest, with members consisting of Ian Siegismund, Brooke Howard, Morgan Sanchez, Bailey Mackey and Falynn Mackey. Overall, Ian Siegismund was the first place junior, Morgan Sanchez was second place and Brooke Howard was third place. Bailey and Falynn Mackey both received blue ribbons.

In the beginners, division Mikilie Sims was champion with a first place finish.

In the livestock show, Uinta County was well represented. In the market goat show, Bailee Mackey was first in class eight, and third overall. Falynn Mackey was first in class seven, and seventh overall. Brooke Howard earned a third and two fourths. Morgan Sanchez was first in class six, and was third in class four.

In the sheep showmanship contest, Melanie Whitmore was champion senior showman, Brooke Howard was champion junior showman, Morgan was reserve champion junior and Mikilie Sims was champion beginner showman. In the market lamb show Morgan had the grand champion lamb along with a third place in the wether division. Brooke Howard earned a third, second and fourth. Mikilie Sims had the reserve champion white face market lamb, along with a first and third place on her black face.

In the breeding sheep division, Mikilie Sims had a third place on her wether type ewe lamb, fourth on her Targhee ewe, and fourth on her Targhee ram lamb. Melanie Whitmore had a fourth and fifth place on her two ewe lambs, Morgan Sanchez had two firsts on her yearling ewes, and Brooke had the second and third places on her yearling ewes.

The Western Junior events offer youth an excellent way to develop decision making skills, team building and building confidence.

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